How to Remove Security Tags From Clothing

Security tags are often found on clothing sold at malls and exotic boutiques. Like, the name implies they help provide protection from theft by sending a signal from the transmitters to the antennas. Security tags most usually is taken off by those on the counter once, that clothing has been purchased but it is also possible that security tags are left on a clothing and you need to get it off yourself. This article seeks to show you just how that can be done effectively and safely in different ways.


Types of Security Tag from Clothing?

Security tags come in various types and to effectively, easily and safely remove one from your clothing it is best to begin by figuring out which type of security tag the clothing has.

The major security tags are:

  • RFID tags
  • Strip tags
  • Ink tags
  • Eyeglass security tags among others.
How to Remove Security Tags From Clothing
HiRFID hard tag for clothing – Shoplifting and anti-theft system

RFID Tags: On a clothing with an RFID Tag, it may be a sub RFID design tag eg, a clamshell or gator. A radio-frequency identification chip is clipped onto the clothing and is activated, when there is a cross of the chip on a detection sensor, triggering an alarm that alerts, the employees. This comes interlocked, and may require a unique key.

Ink tags

Ink tags are mostly patronized by smaller stores, it contains ink that when triggered may ruin the fabric. When the tag is removed without the benefit of the tool the store cashier uses, a vial inside bursts and spills ink onto the item. The ink tag can work with standard RFID chips to provide more protection.

Strip tags

Strip tags have an adhesive backing that sticks to a piece of merchandise. . Eyeglass security tags attached to the frame, usually at the temples or near the end of the earpieces. The thin design of the tags allows them to stick onto the glasses without interfering with a customer’s ability to try them on. Shackle tags can be used to secure the handles of briefcases and purses.


A Security Tag can be removed from clothing through the following methods:

1. Using Rubber Bands

This method is mostly used with ink tags. Place the ink cartridge of the tag face-down. The ink cartridge is the part of the tag that juts out of the plastic. It is on the opposite side of the pin, which is the round part of the tag. Pull the part of the clothing with the tag away from the rest of the clothing. Move it as far away as possible so the ink doesn’t ruin the clothing as much if the sensor cracks. Slip a rubber band around the pin of the security tag. The rubber band should be large and thick enough to be strong, but thin enough to fit around the pin.

Hold the larger part of the ink tag with one hand. Pull the pin off with the other hand. The pressure of the pins should be strong enough so that the pin eventually pops off or easily pulls apart from the rest of the tag. If the rubber band didn’t loosen it enough, try again with multiple rubber bands.

2. Use a high-powered magnet

A security tag from clothing can also be removed using a magnet. The steps to take are: Find a high-powered magnet. You can use a hard drive magnet or a rare earth magnet since most tags are deactivated in stores with electromagnetic devices. Place the dome side of the tag against the magnet. Pull the magnet away from the tag. The two parts of the tag should separate. If they don’t separate on their own, apply a little force. For instance, if you’re using a security tag that has a pin on the back, you may need to simply pull the pinout.


3. Freezing the Tag

You can freeze the tag on your clothing to remove it. The steps you can take to do this are: Freeze the garment with the ink tag. Freeze the garment overnight for best results. Rip open the tag with your hands, or pliers. This will ensure that the ink won’t spill everywhere if you make a mistake ink can’t spill if it’s frozen.

4. Hitting the Tag

A tag is not always so strong; you can easily apply a lot of force to the security tag to remove it from your clothing. The steps you can take are: Gently pull the tag away from the clothing a few times. Do this ten or so times, until it loosens the pin a bit. Insert a large nail with a wide head. Pull the tag away from the clothing. Hold the long plastic part of the tag to the side. Hit down on the ink cartridge until it pops open. the applying too much force, repeatedly strike down on the ink cartridge until it pops open. You may have to hit it twenty or more times to get it right but not very forceful or hard.

5. Use a screwdriver

Place the clothing on the floor or any hard clean flat surface with the ink cartridge facing up. Take a very thin flathead screwdriver and place it along the edge of the raised square pyramid. Press down hard. This should pierce the plastic and pull it up. Keep popping up the perimeter of the plastic. Then, Remove the silver paper lining to see the metal plate below it and use the screwdriver to lift one of the metal arms that hold the pin in place. Next, slide the pin away from the tag. The pin will easily slide through the now-free hole and the tag should be removed.

6. Apply brute force for electro-magnet tags

Using brute force can make you remove security tags from clothing. Once you can break open the tag, you would see it contains an electro-magnet, not an ink pouch.

To do that, the steps you need to take are: Put something between the tag and the head of the pin to give it some slack. Bend the pin back and forth until it breaks. Pull the tag straight back so the pin exits the hole it originally went through. Break open the tag.


7. Burn the tag

A security tag is a plastic and as such, burning it would most likely get it off your clothing. You should be careful when burning the tag so you don’t burn your clothing in the process. The only disadvantage of this method is that you may leave burn marks on where the security tag was. Either way, the security tag would be removed from your clothing. The steps you should take are: Burn the dome-like portion of the tag with a lighter. After burning it for a few seconds, it will, most likely, catch fire as it’s plastic. Use a knife or similar object to chop the dome. As you keep scooping in, you will find a spring and the tag will pretty much pop out.

Note : Removing a security tag from your clothing, depending on the step and type of tag may take a few hours to a few days.

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